Theo Walcott has had his training disrupted by illness this week and is a doubt for the trip to Palace
Everton return to London for the penultimate time this season to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as they look to maintain their push for a seventh-place finish.
The Blues were embarrassed on their last visit to the Capital when they went down 2-0 to relegated Fulham but they atoned in spectacular fashion on Sunday by whipping Manchester United 4-0. Marco Silva will be hoping, however, that enough of the sting of that defeat at Craven Cottage remains to spur his charges to victory over Palace.
Everton come into the weekend sitting two points behind the current occupants of seventh position, Wolves, but know that the fact that Nuno Espirito Santo's side will be playing eighth-placed Watford means that whatever the result is at Vicarage Road will be of benefit.
They will be hosted by a dangerous but erratic Palace team, however, one that has lost five and won five of their last 10 games in all competitions but which also beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates in their last outing. And as tricky a venue as this can be and for all the problems the Eagles have caused Everton at Goodison Park in recent years, the Blues haven't lost at Selhurst Park since Palace regained promotion in 2013, winning twice and drawing the other three.
That will bode well if Silva can draw out of his players the kind of performance that put on against United or, perhaps more aptly, the won at the London Stadium that comprehensively beat West Ham at the end of last month.
The Portuguese looks likely to be without Richarlison this weekend, however, with the Brazilian struggling with the rib injury he sustained against Manchester United on Sunday.
Richarlison, who scored the opening goal in the Toffees' 4-0 romp past the Red Devils at Goodison Park, went down injured late on the first half and reappeared after half time but then had to be substituted five minutes into the second half.
Silva, explained in his pre-match press conference this afternoon that the winger is a “major doubt” for the Palace game but that Lucas Digne, who came off himself late in the match against United with a foot injury, has been cleared to play.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott, another of the goal scorers on Sunday, has been battling a virus this week and will be assessed tomorrow before the manager makes a decision over his starting XI.
Silva also said that Yerry Mina has resumed training with the first team after recovering from a hamstring problem sustained on international duty for Colombia last month. André Gomes serves the second game of his three-match ban.
Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, is without defenders James Tomkins (groin) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) as well as Jeff Schlupp who, like Tomkins, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
As both Manchester clubs and even Brighton have shown in recent weeks, this Palace side can be vulnerable defensively but if Wilfried Zaha is in the mood and with Christian Benteke's aerial presence, they can also be dangerous.
Neither should cause Everton all that many problems if the Blues can keep as defensively impregnable as they have been in recent weeks, the trips to Newcastle and Fulham aside. A win would keep Silva's men very much in the hunt for seventh going into the final two games.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 April, 2019
Referee: Lee Mason
Last Time: Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin
Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb match page
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1 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:11:45
Fancy us to win 1-0 either way, COYB!
2 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:18:08
Zaha is their only danger, but as long as we defend on our feet, and dont dive in, we should be fine. He feeds off the slightest touch and has a better routine than Tom Daley. He and Mo Salad are two of the same, when VAR comes in these players are going to be found out week after week.
Hopefully 3 points on Saturday and pray for the Wolves Watford game to end in a draw. Even though Europe is great for the fans, unless we spend intelligently we are going to struggle next season, but we need 7th to show improvement.
3 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:33:02
Every time hes played and csome on as a sub hes been virtually invisible and offered nothing, but hes in last chance saloon now and he probably knows it, whether hes actually bothered or not and he just wants out come the summer who knows but if he plays tomorrow then hes got to do something.
Richarlison will be a big miss because he works absolutely brilliant with Coleman, its like the left hand side with Bernard and Digne, little things like partnerships are starting to click and come together.
It is a tricky game tomorrow at Selhurst Park, Palace are a team that can do undoubtedly a lot of damage, they scored three goals at Anfield, the Etihad and the Emirates so thats what they can do.
At Selhurst though they sometimes struggle playing behind teams and results arent as consistent plus we have had a really good record in this fixture going back to 1994 when we lost 1-0 to a looping Chris Armstrong header wearing our tractor tyre kit (which you can now buy in the retro range in the store).
So it will be tough, but one thing we do need is to avoid another bad away performance like at Fulham, it cant be happening again and we must build on such a great win last Sunday.
4 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:44:33
Clearly the pressing all over the pitch against Utd was a big factor in rattling them - can Lookman do the same ?
I'd like to see him try - but I also want us to the win the game. It's going to be more difficult without Richarlison.
5 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:46:01
If Charlies out, its a big blow, but who ever steps in must be fully focused. If Mola plays, its a must for him to put his mark on the game and try and salvage some positives from his season.
Ill take any win, but it will be very tough but we can out play them, but beware of the acting and diving of Zaha, as skillfill as he can be, his antics, like a few players we know across the park, is not in the spirit of the game.
Everton to win Wolves and Watford to draw! Wishful thinking.
6 Posted 26/04/2019 at 08:57:10
As to Lookman, I would love to see him start and to be fully committed and incisive. Anything less may define his future at the club. Tomorrow, and maybe subsequent games, may be the perfect opportunity to assess just what it is he wants for his career. If he does want away then maybe Palace will pay silly money from the sale of Zaha, so what better place to impress?
7 Posted 26/04/2019 at 10:19:55
8 Posted 26/04/2019 at 10:34:57
On a separate note Lyndon, there was quite an interesting read on bbc website this morning about the architect behind Goodison Park (and dozens of other stadiums). Not sure if the link works, but Ill try:
9 Posted 26/04/2019 at 12:08:49
10 Posted 26/04/2019 at 12:20:43
11 Posted 26/04/2019 at 12:41:20
12 Posted 26/04/2019 at 13:16:35
Have to agree with fellow posters about wondering which Everton, and for that matter Crystal Palace will turn up. After the Arsenal win I was convinced the Fulham game was almost a certainty, and by how many goals would we win by.
I am hoping that the Fulham performance will have been learnt from, but also that the Man Utd drubbing will have our boys in confident (but not complacent) mood too.
Palace seem to be playing better away, than at home for some reason, and have recently turned Arsenal over, and of course not so long ago administered a similar beating away to Man City.
They are a team not to be under-estimated, but then again, all teams should be treated as such, but I feel a result is possible.
13 Posted 26/04/2019 at 14:06:26
14 Posted 26/04/2019 at 14:30:30
15 Posted 26/04/2019 at 14:39:51
16 Posted 26/04/2019 at 16:51:49
17 Posted 26/04/2019 at 18:45:34
Is there a world in which Baines and Digne both start - one playing in front of the other? Josh Bowler has done so well of late for the Under 23s; he might be worth a place on the bench.
18 Posted 26/04/2019 at 19:19:19
19 Posted 26/04/2019 at 19:22:16
20 Posted 26/04/2019 at 19:55:22
Benteke scored his one goal for the season last week so he is no threat. Townsend and Zaha could trouble us if Jordan has one of his off days.
21 Posted 26/04/2019 at 20:13:18
Away games are tough whatever the opposition. To be honest, I haven't a clue what result to expect, I'm hoping for a win but, with us probably missing two influential players, maybe a draw will be the outcome.
22 Posted 27/04/2019 at 00:28:14
I have said the same about Lookman from the beginning. I am bemused at why he gets so much praise.
If we do not have a few just as deserving in our U23s, the entire academy setup needs a root-and-branch investigation.
23 Posted 27/04/2019 at 03:32:53
Lookman needs to either step up or ship out...
Remeber Roberto's first season: didn't we get beat by Palace to loose out on a European place???
24 Posted 27/04/2019 at 04:01:52
I think the same should apply to Lookman; let him play a run of games as a starter and see what he can do. The odd cameo here and there is no way to judge someone at this level.
25 Posted 27/04/2019 at 04:16:30
You need a creative wide forward and scoring wide forward. Lookman cancels out Bernard. It also ruins Coleman as the defensive cover is absent.
Id proffer that a change of shape is required, I think if you want to play Lookman 4-4-2 with a diamond is better, Tosun in for Richarlison.
We will see but another failure against very mediocre opposition, is another questionable mark that Silva has yet to solve.
26 Posted 27/04/2019 at 04:26:58
27 Posted 27/04/2019 at 06:25:47
Sigurdsson did play his usual role last week, he was just better and got around more, even opened them up 2-3 times with through balls - something I've said he doesnt do. I suspect he, more than most, is loving the changed atmosphere at the old lady. He seems to revel in it.
Another player I've criticised is Gueye. I think I've spent far too much time concentrating on what he cant do, but what an attitude. He's another who seems to revel when the old lady is bouncing. His high energy game seems to rise to almost super human levels when the crowd are cheering every tackle.
While I'm in the confessional box. I want to give praise to the forgotten man ("slidingin"). Like many on here, I'd long since give up on him, but he was first class last week, nothing spectacular, but his positioning was text book all game. It's not easy to come back in from the cold like he did and if we are going to criticise him - God knows we've doen that - then it is churlish in the extreme not to give him credit when its due.
It all bodes well for next season. I think the players, together the crowd, are beginning to realise what it will take to turn the Old Lady into a fortress again, but its not enough. The players have to start rewarding the travelling fans with consistent performances on the road too. We will never improve until they do.
I suspect Seamus is in for a very difficult afternoon today, but if he can win his battle and the central defenders can cope with the high balls which will inevitably be aimed at Benteke, I think we will prevail
28 Posted 27/04/2019 at 07:56:57
Palace are a well organised side with pace and size and a top class match winner in Zaha. It will not be easy and we will have to be near our Man U levels to get 3 points I think.
Richarlison will be a big miss and the full backs will have to do well to deal with the inevitable Palace counter attacks.
3 points to us and a Wolves-Watford draw please.
29 Posted 27/04/2019 at 08:36:39
Beating Man U was great last week, but now it's down to the bread and butter stuff of being consistent. It has been elusive so I am tentative about this match. Zaha is a threat and will be looking for a penalty by whatever means.
I think we have more quality than CP, but we had more quality than Fulham and they outplayed us. With regards to Richarlison's replacement, I would like to see Lookman before Theo, with the specific instructions he has to track and tackle back as good as Bernard has been doing.
Correct Score, tough, scrappy game
Brain says 1-1
Heart says 1-2 , with a bit of magic from Ademola creating the winner .
30 Posted 27/04/2019 at 09:09:32
31 Posted 27/04/2019 at 09:40:26
32 Posted 27/04/2019 at 09:43:42
I think Gylfi took the role of Gomes. If Gomes had a played, Gylfi would have been more advanced, back in the heavy traffic.
33 Posted 27/04/2019 at 10:03:14
34 Posted 27/04/2019 at 10:13:26
35 Posted 27/04/2019 at 10:32:52
36 Posted 27/04/2019 at 10:40:01
37 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:17:49
A fiver ? more like he'd give everyone a copy of his latest compilation CD Undercoats and Overcoats. The rock n' roll songs of his youth with an acknowledgement from George Formby. Hee Hee
38 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:20:07
39 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:20:07
40 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:38:57
They will certainly have to keep Zaha quiet and on his present form thats no easy job, so whoever does replace Richarlison, will have to make sure they get back and help when we are not in possession.
I would hope that its not another case of following a very good performance with a poor one. Consistency is what we have lacked all season, they have showed that they can beat the best at Goodison, but repeating that away has proved difficult for us. So I would hope we start with the same intensity we displayed last week, get Palace on the back foot and keep them there.
41 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:48:10
If Walcott isnt fit and Lookman isnt fancied thats a good shout.
On a different topic, how mad are the FA to accept that Hennessy, their keeper, didnt know that he was making a Nazi salute! Do you think that because Woy is a former England manager they let him off?
42 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:49:19
Also hope Getaway Trump lugs that big weight around Sandown.
43 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:55:00
44 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:56:33
45 Posted 27/04/2019 at 11:57:40
A fiver? A fucking fiver?
Doesn't the mingebag realise we're playing in London and you'll get nowt for a fiver down there?
Just having a faux BK bash before somebody does it for real lol! :-)
46 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:11:19
47 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:29:52
Most of the eye catching results have been on the road.
They like to nail you with one pass.
Question; is Silva clever enough to let them have the ball? Or will he think we can totally dominate them?
Dave, rarely in my watching footy have I seen two full backs stacked on top of each other work. It might, but Id prefer a rounder peg in the hole.
48 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:31:18
He's been bouncing at home since he broke the track record at Ayr, so here's hoping he's safe home tonight ready for a good holiday before going chasing next season. We can't wait to see him over fences.
49 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:35:48
50 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:37:54
51 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:41:43
52 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:52:42
Silva has to show he can beat this level of team. Whatever this season is, he has consistently failed to play well against sides who sit back.
Two full backs together, I think we are better than that.
53 Posted 27/04/2019 at 12:59:23
55 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:22:14
56 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:22:19
57 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:26:27
58 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:28:18
Getaway Trump carrying a fair bit of weight and it will take a gutsy performance to win it. I think there will be something well handicapped that will make the weight tell after the last. Humble Hero could be a few lbs in on the handicap and that could make the difference.
59 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:41:30
60 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:44:11
As already mentioned I'd not like to see Lookman in front of Seamus with Zaha running at him (to be fair he has looked back to his best the last month).
Looking forward to this game but the usual doubts about our consistency.
61 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:48:18
62 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:55:41
63 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:57:03
Congratulations PT. Did in in real style
64 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:58:25
65 Posted 27/04/2019 at 13:59:03
66 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:01:42
67 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:04:03
His fella did it in style. Those of us who backed were counting our winnings long before the line. . Just the way I like them
68 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:05:19
Darren, how much did you win? I won't tell the tax boys, I promise.
69 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:08:40
70 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:12:15
71 Posted 27/04/2019 at 14:12:36
The tax man wont be to concerned, Just don't tell the missus she's watching QVC shopping chanel
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